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Our Langham Oaks Reading Journey from Year 6 to Year 11


Sound Discovery phonics for Year 6

Sound Discovery is a synthetic phonics programme for the teaching of reading, spelling and writing. It is aimed at first-time learners, slow-to-start learners and dyslexic learners of all ages. The programme encompasses various visual, auditory and kinaesthetic activities

That Reading Thing program for Years 7, 8 and 9

A linguistic phonics approach designed to support students with SEND including SEMH

Game Changers reading intervention

Football tricks and sporting celebrities encourage reluctant readers

School Library

All Year Groups

Our new learning resource centre, calm environment, sensory space, intervention space, IT equipment

Colchester Library visits – Years 6 & 7

Half termly visits to Colchester Library


Literacy interventions

1-2-1 and small groups

Focus on improving reading fluency, confidence and vocabulary knowledge

Accelerated Reader online program

Success celebrated in weekly assemblies and on library displays

Reciprocal Reading in lessons

Small group shared reading with students taking on roles to develop independent reading skills

Reading Challenges

Termly competitions to encourage and celebrate reading outside of the classroom

Barrington Stokes

Range of books linked to reading age and interest age: hi lo (high interest, low ability) so content is appropriate to the age of the reader but the text is edited to suit a lower reading age

School Library

All Year Groups

Wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts including newspaper and magazine subscriptions

Fortnightly lessons timetabled in the library




School library

All Year Groups

Student librarian opportunities

Book clubs and Writing Clubs

GCSE/BTEC/Entry Level

A range of qualifications to provide tailored opportunities

Magazine competitions

School subscription - hard copies and associated resources

National Literacy Trust competitions

Carnegie Medal Competition

Regular promotion of nationwide competitions in tutor times and English lessons

Motivation to read

Star Readers

Years 6 -11

Expectation to read at least 5 times a week

Weekly awards in assembly

World Book Day

Book tokens distributed

Focus on reading for the day - book related activities

Summer Reading Challenge

Colchester library service

All year groups

Previously Loved Book Sales

All year groups

Read to Jay in the school library

Dog reading corner

Membership of Essex County Council online library

Free access to books, comics and magazines online           

Additional support

Individual reading

Years 6 -11 where children are disadvantaged, require additional support or rarely read at home

Twice weekly with support staff

Sound Discovery Phonics intervention

Daily interventions

That Reading Thing linguistic phonics intervention

Years 8 – 11 weekly interventions

Home Engagement

Reading Records

Home reading recorded

Communication between home and school about reading

Workshops & Info sessions

School leaders run regular phonics and reading workshops for parents and carers


Website, newsletters & Twitter

Information provided about resources to support reading at home

Book recommendations provided